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Home-bound people’s rush at rail stations, bus stands

Home-bound people’s rush at rail stations, bus stands

DHAKA : Railway stations, bus and launch terminals in Dhaka are witnessing rush of home-bound people as Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of Muslim community, is knocking at the door. In the second day of Eid journey, the city’s Kamalapur Railway Station, Gabtoli, Sayedabad and Mohakhali Bus Stations and Sadarghat Launch Terminal were seen crowded […]

AL to stay beside people: PM

DHAKA : Prime Minster and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday greeted the countrymen and paid homage to the party’s founders on the occasion of its 68th founding anniversary saying that AL would always stay beside the people as before, reports BSS. “On this day I recall with respect the greatest Bengali of all […]

Gazette soon to return 1,385.28 acres to land owners in city

DHAKA : The government has decided to issue a gazette soon to return 1385.28 acres of land to their owners in the city’s Badda, Zoar Sahara, Ulun, Bhatara, Bhola and Shuti Bhola, Mohakhali, Karail and Lala Sarail mouzas, reports BSS. Against the backdrop of reports published in media about ordeal of the land owners of […]

Put new VAT law on hold for 1 yr: Inu

SANGSAD BHABAN : Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Thursday suggested the government to suspend the new Value Added Tax (VAT) law for one year with a view to removing the confusion over the unified 15 percent VAT, reports UNB. “The new VAT is an epoch-making one but confusion is spreading over it… I would […]

Probe report says 24 involved in Holy Artisan attack

DHAKA : Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CCTC) unit found involvement of 24 operatives of the neo-Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in the last July attack on Holy artisan bakery at Gulshan. “We have so far found 24 neo-JMB men in the killing of the Holy Artisan attack as the investigation into the matter is now […]

Govt considering change in excise duty rate : Mannan

DHAKA : State minister for finance and planning MA Mannan yesterday said the government is considering bringing change in the proposed excise duty rate on bank accounts, reports BSS “We’re thinking positively to bring change in excise duty rate because many people are raising objection about it,” said the state minister while speaking at a […]

Biman suffers from accountability crisis, says Menon

SANGSAD BHABAN : Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon on Wednesday said Biman Bangladesh Airlines is rife with numerous allegations as it is suffering from both accountability and manpower crises, reports UNB. He came up with the remarks while taking part in the general discussion on the national budget for 2017-18 fiscal year. […]

Power generation still 13,179 MW : PM

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said some 13,179 MW power is being provided to the national grid despite the retirement of various power plants at different times, reports UNB. “Currently, the country’s power production capacity is 15,351 MW,” she said while responding to a tabled question from M Mamunur Rashid Kiron (Noakhali-3) […]

Budget long on hopes, short on measures : WB

DHAKA : Terming the proposed national budget for the fiscal year 2017-18 an ambitious one, the World Bank on Tuesday said it is ‘long on hopes, short on measures’, reports UNB. “The budget has many good hopes and ambitions to increase the country’s GDP by raising huge revenue through implementation of VAT law. But it […]

Nurturing of our culture showing downward trend : Noor

RANGPUR : Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, MP, here today said nurturing level of our cultural activities is showing continuous downward trend creating an alarming situation for the society, reports BSS. “We prepare routine to engage our children with their studies from morning to night without giving them any chance of nurturing cultural activities now,” […]

Outgoing Afghan ambassador calls on foreign minister

DHAKA : Afghan ambassador to Bangladesh Abdul Rahim Oraz paid a farewell call on Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali at his ministry office this morning, reports BSS. The ambassador expressed his gratitude for the support he received from the foreign minister and the government of Bangladesh during his tenure. The foreign minister appreciated the […]

Death toll hits 6 in Gopalganj road accident

GOPALGANJ : The death toll in the head-on collision between two buses on Dhaka-Barisal highway at Chagolchera area in Muksudpur upazila on Monday rose to six as two more people died on the way to hospital in the afternoon, reports UNB. Shah Jamal, In-charge of Jolirpar Police Outpost in the upazila, said Aziz Hawladar, 60, […]

Two JP MPs demand Muhith’s resignation

Jatiya Party (JaPa) Presidium Member Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu on Tuesday told Parliament that a criminal charge should be brought against Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith for recapitalising state banks with public money to recoup the deficit caused by looting, reports UNB. “He (Muhith) has no right to provide taxpayers’ money to the banks to […]

Decision on VAT after discussion in JS : Muhith

DHAKA : Finance Minister AMA Muhith today said the decision regarding changes in the new value added tax (VAT) law implementation will be announced on June 28 after discussions in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS), reports BSS. “Discussions on implementation of the new VAT law are underway in the national parliament. We will announce the decision […]

Govt cuts 18 pc duty on rice import : Tofail

DHAKA : Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said the government has decided to slash import duty on rice by 18 percent to ensure smooth supply and check price, reports BSS. “Now, rice will be imported paying only 10 percent import duty,” said the minister at a workshop at his ministry office today. He hoped the move […]

Speak less, listen more, ruling party MPs to Muhith

SANGSAD BHABAN : Treasury bench members in Parliament on Monday came down heavily on Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith for imposing excise duty on bank accounts and unified 15 percent VAT in the proposed national budget, reports UNB. “Your (Finance Minister’s) responsibility is just to place the budget… it’s the 350 MPs who determine […]

Probe to unveil motive behind attack on Fakhrul : Minister

DHAKA : Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Monday said the motive behind the attack on a motorcade of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir will be known after investigation, reports UNB. “Police are investigating the matter and the motive behind the incident and those who are involved in it will be known after investigation,” […]

Charges pressed against nine M’singh war crimes suspects

MYMENSINGH : The prosecution on Monday submitted formal charges against nine war crimes accused of Muktagachha and Sadar upazilas of the district, reports UNB. Prosecutor Abul Kalam submitted the charges bringing eight specific allegations against them in the cases for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. A two-member International Crimes Tribunal(ICT) bench […]

Online media to go under National Commission; Cabinet okays policy

DHAKA : The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of ‘The National Online Mass Media Policy, 2017’ incorporating a proposal for constituting a National Broadcast Commission to facilitate the operation of online mass media in a well-organised manner, reports UNB. The approval was given at the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at the […]

Musa, his friends rescued but trouble still far from over

DHAKA : Bangladeshi mountaineer Musa Ibrahim and his two Indian friends, who had remained stuck for the last few days at the base camp of Mount Carstensz Pyramid in Papua Province of Indonesia due to bad weather, were rescued on Monday morning, reports UNB. In his Facebook page, the Bangladeshi mountaineer confirmed about their rescue. […]

25 recommendations placed for incorporation in revised labour law

DHAKA : IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) on Sunday placed a 25-point recommendation for incorporation in the revised Bangladesh Labour Act, 2006 saying the inclusion of their suggestions will help make the Act a time-befitting one, reports UNB. IBC secretary general Towhidur Rahman placed the recommendations at a discussion titled ‘Labour Law Amendment Proposals’ held at […]